Thursday, 23 February 2017
Pedro Ximénez 15%, Viña Callejuela
Deep, dark mahogany fading to amber with bright ruby highlights, legs.
Intensely fruity with lots of pasas and dates with background hints of dried apricot and a very slightly spicey note like ginger, then there are notes of light toffee and everything is in perfect harmony.
It is viscous and very sweet (naturally) but the intensity of flavour distracts the attention with its dried fruits, brown sugar and that spice note, and it has a lovely fruit pulp texture and traces of tannin from the grape skins. Despite the sweetness its long finish is very clean, lingering for ages.
The Blanco brothers of Viña Callejuela produce two PX wines, this standard version and the 20 year old version which scored 93 Parker points last year. Like all their wines, both the PXs are produced from their own vines which they care for assiduously being staunch believers that the better the grapes, the better the wine. I think this wine is about 5 years old.
PriceAbout 12 euros from Licores Corredera